I’ve often heard over the years that in this complicated world of business, you have to go out there and find your own opportunities. You shouldn’t just sit there and wait for opportunities to come to you. I’ve always agreed with this idea, but at the same time, I also believe that things don’t always have to be so rigidly ‘black and white” like that. In other words, there are other ideas that can be utilized to help make this more manageable.
The most important one that I’ve used is developing my own personal network of business associates. I always have business friends and associates out there spreading positive words about me, in the hopes that it will one day generate a special call of some sort. This actually happened to me recently.
My current co-worker was chatting with a customer who revealed that he was planning on opening up his own business soon, but didn’t yet have a manager to run the operations for him. My co-worker turned him down due to the fact that he is too close to retiring soon. However, he did mention my name and pitched some positive points about my working knowledge and abilities. They exchanged names and phone numbers and I soon got a call.
Everything sounds great so far about this new development. The only setback is that this new business owner is currently waiting for the municipality to approve his building permit. We all know (especially through recent media stories) that this can take a long time. This is why I’m still working at my current job, since I understand that it will be a while before anything actually happens. This is where the idea of patience comes in. I’m not completely satisfied with my current job, which is why I’m willing to wait for this new opportunity. Besides, I’m also not foolish enough to take unnecessary risks by leaving my current job prematurely. I realize that things will develop in due time.
I don’t plan on just sitting around doing nothing while I’m waiting for my next opportunity to develop. I’m going to continue expanding my business network of friends and associates, since this has proven to be vital to my personal success. I’m also planning to continue my part-time studies at Mohawk College, via Continuing Education, to ensure that my skills are always kept current. I also make sure that I spread positive words about my friends and associates. It’s the least I can do to show my appreciation for their help. I’m also a believer in the idea that what goes around will eventually come back around to you. See for yourself!
– Todd Midgley
Electrical Engineering Technician ’91